Originally Posted by Dralt
If someone doesn't like shooters, they did not play Halo, Halo 2 and they won't play Halo 3. Halo 3 is the best version of Halo and a great technical achievement in line for GOTY, but it's still the "same" game.
So, in the US, where shooters are extremely popular, Halo 3 can entice a few Xbox customers to upgrade to the 360. In other parts of the world, where shooters are less popular, the story is unclear.
I think you are disregarding two very important things:
1) There are alot of people who simply havent owned a console.. or havent owned a console since the SuperNintendo days. Being that consoles today do alot more than just play games (movies, media, pictures, audio, network streaming) it appeals to people who werent necessarily interested in consoles in the past.
For alot of people the 360 is their first console. In all seriousness I have two friends from college planning on picking up a 360.. that havent owned a console since the original PS1 back in college.
2) There are alot of people curious about the Halo3 hype. Its all in the tv, newspapers, internet, stores, etc. Even my girlfriend wanted to play it just to see what the big deal is about.. after seeing all of those people stand in line for 2 days in Manhattan just to play one videogame.
Of course she found it frustrating.. but thats not the point. The point is there is so much hype and attention brought to Halo3 that theres going to be alot of newbies who want to give it a try. I'm not saying they will run and purchase a 360 and the game just to try it.. but people definitely want to play it to see "what the big deal is"
Another quick story.. two of my coworkers took 9/25 off.. we are all pretty open with my Boss.. so he knew they wanted vacation time to "play a videogame". Of course I asked could I have the day off too. And my Boss was like hell no. He couldnt understand why a videogame was so important for everyone to miss a day of work. Needless to say we've even invited him to play.. lol
Its that type of hype though, thats bringing alot of *new* people to Halo.. even though Halo has been around since 2001.
Halo is like the Star Wars of Videogames. Those that didnt see the original episodes 4,5, and 6 in the late 70's and 80's. Still have a good chance of getting caught up in the hype of 1,2, and 3 this millenium.